At Carbeile Junior School we believe that we all need to learn HOW to learn so we have adopted 8 Learning Powers to help us to develop as learners. These apply to adults and children alike and they are referenced during lessons and in assemblies.
Click on each Learning Power below to see what they look like at Carbeile and how we use them.
We persevere with all of our learning, regardless of whether it becomes difficult. We love a challenge and we love working in the ‘Challenge Zone’.
“Perseverance is when you get stuck on something but you keep trying and trying until you get it right.” Lucy, Year 4.
“Perseverance is where you find something hard and you keep trying to get it correct.” James, Year 6
Sometimes we get things wrong. This is OK! We have to accept constructive advice, try again and aim to improve our learning without giving up.
“Resilience is where you make mistakes but you don’t get angry or upset, you persevere until you improve.” James, Year 6
Inevitably, there are times where we might be distracted from our learning. If we are able to manage these distractions then our learning will be more focused and better!
“Managing Distractions is when some one is talking to you or distracting you and you don’t answer, you just keep on with your learning.” Lucy, Year 4
“Managing Distractions is where someone next to you is talking but you keep on concentrating on who is supposed to be talking.” James, Year 6
“When someone next to you is poking you, you just ignore them and get on with what you are doing.” Lucy, Year 6
Using C3B4ME (use our Brains, ask a Buddy, use the Bits and Bobs around the classroom) it is important that we can complete our learning on our own without constantly requiring the help of an adult. Of course the teacher and teaching assistant will help but it is important that we try on our own first.
“Independence means that someone is working by themselves.” Katie, Year 3
Absorption is all about being ‘in the zone’ with our learning. The rest of the class could be having a party around us but we are so absorbed in improving our learning that we wouldn’t even notice.
“Absorption is when you put your head down and work and you are absorbed in your learning.” Lucy, Year 4
“Absorption is where someone can walk in the door and you don’t know they are there because you are so focused on your learning.” James, Year 6
“It means when someone walks into the room (Mr Hamlyn) you don’t start talking or messing around you are absorbed into your work and you don’t realise that anything is going on.” Lucy, Year 6
At Carbeile we make very good use of resources. There are lots of things around our classroom that help with our learning (maths hundred squares, learning walls, synonym trees, thesauruses and many more) and we know where they are and how they can help.
“Resourcefulness is when you look around for stuff to help you.” Lucy, Year 4
“Resourcefulness is where you do everything like use a dictionary, use the Learning Walls and ask the person next to you before you ask the teacher.” James, Year 6
“Instead of asking the teacher for help you could use C3 B4 ME (brain, buddy ,stuff around you and then ask the teacher) or use a reference book.” Lucy, Year 6
We work together in most lessons. This means we can ‘magpie’ ideas from our peers or suggest ways to improve their work. At Carbeile, our collaboration skills are excellent.
“Collaboration is when people work together.” Katie, Year 3
“Collaboration is when you work together and share ideas.” James, Year 6
To ‘Make Links’ we have to think about aspects of our learning that might have come up in previous lessons. This will help us improve our learning in different subject areas.
“Making Links means if you know what 4×3 equals then you know what 3×4 equals.” Katie, Year 3
“Making Links is when you take what you have learnt before and you use it in another lesson. For example, in English (pretend it’s Tuesday) and you learned a story and the next day you have to innovate it, then you have to make links to the story map.” Lucy, Year 4
“When you are doing history and you don’t know when to put a semi colon (;) you would think back to English and remember the lesson on semi colons.” Lucy, Year 6